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MGN: Mavs Head To Golden State In Crucial Matchup

by Ryan Wilson on March 11, 2014 in Mavs 09 comments

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This team doesn’t ever make things easy on themselves do they? The Dallas Mavericks(38-26) jumped out to a fast start against the Indiana Pacers(46-17), only to watch their lead completely disappear. If their is a silver lining to the Mavs issues when it comes to holding leads, it’s that they continue to show some serious mental toughness in close games, and are starting to gel as a team.

The Game At Hand:

The Mavs now find themselves alone in the 7th slot in the Western Conference standings, two games back from their opponent tonight, the Golden State Warriors(40-24). The Warriors are arguably one of the hottest teams in the NBA right now having won 4 in a row, and 8 out of their last 10. The hobbled Stephen Curry will be a go tonight, despite dealing with a strained right quad. Dirk Nowitzki has struggled shooting the last couple of games, but with 13 points tonight, he will pass John Havlicek for 12th All-Time in NBA scoring. A win tonight will move the Mavericks one game closer to moving up to 6th in the standings.

Keys To The Game:

1. Rebound

While this figures to be an offensive show between these two squads, it will be crucial for the Mavericks to clean up the glass throughout the ball game. The Mavericks can ill afford to give the Warriors extra looks at the basket. Golden State is 2nd in the NBA at 48.6 rpg, but are only 15th in offensive rebounding at 11.4 rbg.

2. Beware of the Oracle

This will be a very energetic ball game played at a very high pace. The Mavericks haven’t fared too well at the Oracle, so they will have to find a way to keep the crowd out of it. The Warriors will undoubtedly go on their runs, so it will depend on how Rick Carlisle handles those moments and ultimately how the team will respond to them that may decide this ball game.

MontaStephenMatchup of the Night:

Monta Ellis vs Stephen Curry

Monta Ellis will make another return to Golden State tonight, and he will square off against his ex-teammate Stephen Curry. Monta has played at an extremely high level all season long, while Curry continues to be the lead man in Golden State. While curry mostly excels from outside, Ellis will look to find ways to slash and attack the basket at all costs. They are high-energy players who are looking to move their team forward in the right direction.

Quotes:

“All of them are crunch time. It’s not just Golden State, it’s all of them. From this game all the way to the end of the game when we play whoever we play last, all of them are big and all of them could either make us or break us. So we’re just focused on one game at a time and hopefully we can get some wins.” – Monta Ellis

 

“We’ve got to be a strength-in-numbers outfit here. We need contributions from everybody, and (Sunday) we got a depth of contribution from everybody.” - Coach Rick Carlisle

When and Where:

Tip-off at home tonight is at 9:30pm CST. The game will be broadcast on Fox Sports Southwest.

Playoff Watch:

6. Golden State (40-24) | Next 3 – DAL, @LAAC, & CLE

7. Dallas Mavericks (38-26) | Next 3 – @GSW, @UTAH, & @OKC

8. Memphis Grizzlies (36-26) | Next 3 – POR, @NO, & @TOR

9. Phoenix Suns (36-27) | Next 3 – CLE, @BOS, & @TOR

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MGN: Mavs Look To Hand Pacers Their 4th Straight Loss

by Terence Huie on March 9, 2014 in Mavs 09 comments

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Coming off a stressful 103-98 victory against the Trailblazers, the Dallas Mavericks (37-26) defend homecourt tonight against the first-place Eastern Conference Indiana Pacers (46-16).

The Game At Hand:

The Mavs on Friday night avoided a 4-game winning streak after a win versus the Blazers. Dallas is up 1-0 in the season series when facing the Pacers this season. In last month’s matchup, Dallas won in 81-73 with this game being probably their best defensive performance so far this season.

Keys To The Game:

1. Offensive Execution

Dallas has the potential to be one of the best offensive teams in the NBA. But looking at the last previous Mavs-Pacers matchup, shooting 35% from the field (30 of 84) and 26% (5 of 19) from the 3-point line isn’t going to get the job done tonight. Execution on offense is important tonight against the #1 ranked team in defensive efficiency

2. No Lead Is Safe

That has been the Mavericks motto this year since Day 1 of the regular season, “No Lead is Safe”. Blowing 20+ point leads do not come as a shocker to MFFLs anymore watching games. Dallas has to maintain the lead at all costs.

DirkMatchup of the Night:

Dirk Nowitzki vs. David West

These two guys could be friends off the court, but this might be one of the most underrated rivalries in the league. When Nowitzki and West are on the same floor, there is bound be some confrontation. Dirk has to stay calm and composed on offense tonight with West being aggressive trying to defend his lethal fadeaway one-legged shot. Expect a hard-fought battle of the power forwards tonight.

Quotes:

“You know, they’re coming off some consecutive losses here, so they’re going to be loaded up and ready. We know that, and so we’re going to have to be the same. That’s the bottom line.” - Rick Carlisle

 

“We showed that we can battle them and play good defense.” - Dirk Nowitzki

 

When and Where:

Tip-off at home tonight is at 6:30pm CST. The game will be broadcast on Fox Sports Southwest.

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Wrap Up: Mavs Shock Pacers, Head To Break In 6th

by Greg Higgins on February 13, 2014 in Mavs 09 comments

Wrap Up

What a difference 24 hours can make. On Tuesday night the Dallas Mavericks (32-22) suffered their worst loss of the season to the Charlotte Bobcats. On Wednesday night, the Mavs faced the Indiana Pacers (40-12) and walked away with an 81-73 victory. How were the Mavs able to take down the best in the NBA? Glad you asked.

How it went down:

Offensively, neither team played great. Dallas only shot 35.7% from the floor while the Pacers went 32.1%. Defensively though, the Mavericks stepped it up. Dallas held Indiana to 11 points in the fourth quarter which equaled the amount Monta Ellis scored in the quarter. They also caused 20 turnovers which led to 20 points for Dallas.

For the most part, the game stayed relatively close the entire night as well. Neither team held a lead larger than eight, and there were nine lead changes in the game. Perhaps the most intriguing number of the night is 32. That’s the number of points the Mavericks managed in the paint against the Pacers and big man Roy Hibbert.

Dallas defensive also had 10 blocked shots on the night, led by DeJuan Blair and his three. Over all it’s a good way for Dallas to jump into the All-Star break. With the win and the Golden State Warriors loss, the Mavs are now in the No. 6 spot in the Western Conference standings.

Inside the Numbers:

Indiana was held to its lowest point total all season. They also had their worst shooting percentage of the year.

Dallas enters the All-Star break having won six of their last seven games.

Before Wednesday’s game, Indiana was 31-0 when holding opponents to 92 points or less.

Impact Play of the Game

Paul George tied the game at 66 for Indiana, but Dallas scored the next eight points to pull away and secure the victory.

MontaStep-Up Mav of the Night:

Monta Ellis

Monta not only led the team in scoring with 23 points but he hit nine of his 10 shots from the free throw line.

Quotes:

“It was just a very competitive game from start to finish. There was a lot of attitude in the game, which is great. We were able to get out of here alive. It’s a great win for us after a very disappointing night last night.” – Rick Carlisle

 

“I can’t remember a time where we won a game shooting 36 percent. Every shot and every catch was contested. It was probably the most physical game I’ve been in in a long time. I thought Shawn (Marion) did a great job on Paul George. Usually we win when we outscore people. But tonight we showed we could win a different way.”  - Dirk Nowitzki

On Deck:

The Mavs now have a few days off for the All-Star break. They will return to action against the Miami Heat on Tuesday night at home. The game can be seen on FSSW at 7:30 p.m. CT.

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Mavs Wrap Up: Dallas Loses Preseason Finale to Indiana

by Kaomi Machelle' on October 25, 2013 in Mavs 09 comments

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It was a tale of two halves – and budding superstar Paul George.

The Dallas Mavericks fall short to the Indiana Pacers 98-77 in their preseason finale. A two-point Mavs lead at the intermission disappeared as the Pacers would go on to outscore the Mavericks by double digits in the game’s final two quarters.

George was unstoppable tonight and finished with 28 points, six rebounds, six assists and three steals.

The Mavs biggest downfall was their 24 turnovers. Shooting a pedestrian 37 percent from the field didn’t help either. Plenty work still needs to be done before the regular season tips off on Wednesday.

Tonight the Mavs struggled against a Pacers team that is a legit contender in the Eastern Conference. Dallas was able to get ahead by eight points early, but the tide quickly shifted after halftime and their biggest deficit became 21 points – the game’s final decision.

Dirk led all Mavs scorers with 14 points, followed by Shawn Marion with 10. Almost every Mavs player struggled from the floor tonight and at times they seemed like a group simply ready for meaningful action.

Monta Ellis missed his final nine attempts from the field after a 4-for-5 FG start. Sam Dalembert’s foul trouble stunted his 6pts/9reb/3blk effort. Jose Calderon was quiet on the night with only five points and four assists.

Mavs finish with preseason with an even .500 record of 4-4. They begin their season Wednesday night versus the Atlanta Hawks. With just five days to fine tune the small and the big things, Mavs have their work cut out for them.



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Photo courtesy AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez

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Mavs Game Night: Indiana at Dallas

by Kaomi Machelle' on October 25, 2013 in Mavs 09 comments

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After squaring off 10 days ago, the Dallas Mavericks (4-3) will take on the Indiana Pacers (2-5) in their final game of the pre-season.

In their previous meeting, the Mavericks defeated the Pacers 92-85. Given that the Pacers were stricken with injuries, including Danny Granger, who went out 9 minutes into the game, the Mavericks managed to build a 23 point lead without starting point-guard, Jose Calderon.

Tonight, look forward to seeing the Mavs starting five (Calderon, Ellis, Marion, Dirk, Dalembert) and most importantly the faces of Gal Mekel, Dejuan Blair, and Ricky Ledo as they look to put the final touches on the team they will be taking into the 2013-2014 season.

DirkThe key to winning tonight’s game will be containing all leads that are built and playing well against the Pacers’ transition defense. As previously stated, the Mavs built a 23-point lead, but lost it late to a Pacers 18-4 run, which got them to within 3 at one point.

The Mavericks and Pacers tip-off tonight at 7:30, and the game can be seen locally on TXA21.

Photo: AJ MAST, AP

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Mavs Game Night – Dallas at Indiana

by Damian Jackson on October 16, 2013 in Mavs 09 comments

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The Dallas Mavericks take the floor tonight for their fourth preseason game and seek to even their record at 2-2. This comes on the heels of a 102-94 loss at home to the Orlando Magic.

Meanwhile the host Indiana Pacers are simply hungry for their first win of the exhibition season. The Pacers dropped two games against the Houston Rockets during their week-long trip in Asia.

Tonight won’t be an all-out press for Indiana as they plan to rest both David West and Roy Hibbert. The team’s star Paul George (illness/fever) will also not play tonight. The Pacers will start Luis Scola in West’s spot, former Maverick Ian Mahimni gets the nod at center and once star Danny Granger will look to recapture that role in this one.

Good news for the Mavs this week came in the presence of Jose Calderon in practice. Calderon has yet to play this preseason, but was a full participant without limitations and expects to make his debut Saturday against the Charlotte Bobcats.

Dallas saw what a well-oiled machine the two-man game of Dirk Nowitzki and Monta Ellis can be on Monday night as the duo displayed excellent chemistry en route to 40 combined points. Opposing defenses will pick their poison against two of the best scorers in the league.

Rookie Ricky Ledo will be out of action tonight after suffering a sprained ankle in Tuesday’s practice.

Game action gets underway at 6:00 p.m. CT

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Mock Draft: Mavs Fanatic First Round 1.0

by Damian Jackson on June 6, 2013 in Mavs 09 comments

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The NBA Draft is three weeks away and player workouts have prospects shifting positions on a daily basis. It’s time that we break out our first edition of the Mock Draft and share our thoughts on who we think will go where based on team need, workout impressions and daily reports.

 

 

1. Cleveland Cavaliers – Nerlens Noel, C Kentucky | Ht: 6’11” Wt: 206

Noel has long been slotted as the top pick in this year’s draft and that hasn’t changed. Expect the Cavs to select the slender defensive center who’s aiming for a December return to the court.

 

 

2. Orlando Magic – Ben McLemore, SG Kansas | Ht: 6’5″ Wt: 188

McLemore has a pure jump shot and great size at SG for the NBA. Along with his shooting, Ben is an incredible athlete and many say he’s likely to be an All-Star level player for years. The Magic need that scoring infusion and McLemore can be that guy.

 

 

3. Washington Wizards – Otto Porter, SF Georgetown | Ht: 6’9″ Wt: 198

Otto Porter wins the Naismith College Player of the Year award if not for Trey Burke’s very impressive run in the tournament. Porter has an all-around game with intangibles that make him as NBA-ready an anyone in this class. Wizards keep Otto in DC.

 

 

4. Charlotte Bobcats – Alex Len, C Maryland | Ht: 7’1″ Wt: 255

Alex Len provides the Bobcats a center they need. With Byron Mullens likely gone it leaves Brendan Haywood. Bismack Biyombo could move to PF while Len offers Charlotte a solid defensive anchor in the middle who isn’t offensively challenged.

 

 

5. Phoenix Suns – Victor Oladipo, SG Indiana | Ht: 6’4″ Wt: 213

The Suns need stability. Victor Oladipo helps in that regard, he’s a relentless worker and plays hard on both ends of the floor. Oladipo would infuse energy into the U.S. Airways crowd, a step in the right direction with a new GM and head coach.

 

 

6. New Orleans Pelicans – Shabazz Muhammad, SF UCLA | Ht: 6’6″ Wt: 222

ShaMu this high?! The popular pick is Trey Burke, but they do have the 6-foot-6 Greivis Vasquez running point who averaged 9.0 assists in 78 games last season. The Pelicans have a more pressing need at SF and Shabazz could be the right guy.

 

 

7. Sacramento Kings – Anthony Bennett, PF UNLV | Ht: 6’8″ Wt: 240

Kings need a PG more, but it’d be tough to pass on Bennett if he were to drop here. SI.com says Bennett may have the most star potential in the draft, but is he a tweener? Sneaky skilled for a PF-type, AB would compliment Boogie Cousins well.

 

 

8. Detroit Pistons – Trey Burke, PG Michigan | Ht: 6’1″ Wt: 187

It’s no secret the Pistons want a PG. Michael Carter-Williams could be the choice, but with   Wolverine and College Player of the Year Burke available they may go that route. Burke’s heart and competitiveness would be welcomed in Detroit.

 

 

9. Minnesota Timberwolves – C.J. McCollum, PG/SG Lehigh | Ht: 6’3″ Wt: 197

McCollum makes perfect sense for the Wolves. A combo guard with advanced scoring ability and versatility. The foot injury no longer an issue, McCollum would step in next to Ricky Rubio and relieve some of Kevin Love’s scoring responsibilities.

 

 

10. Portland Trail Blazers – Steven Adams, C Pittsburgh | Ht: 6’11” Wt: 235

Portland hit a homerun (Damian Lillard) and a ground out (Meyers Leonard) in last year’s lottery. Steven Adams represents a true NBA center with his physical tools, rebounding and defense. Tons of upside and an solid fit next to LaMarcus Aldridge.

 

 

11. Philadelphia 76ers – Cody Zeller, PF/C Indiana | Ht: 7’0″ Wt: 230

Some have the Blazers snagging Zeller, but he’ll be more of a PF in the NBA. Either way the Sixers will be satisfied to see Zeller fall to them. Cody showed impressive athleticism at the combine and he’d be able to play the 4/5 in Philly.

 

 

12. Oklahoma City Thunder – Mason Plumlee, C Duke | Ht: 7’0″ Wt: 238

OKC could go in several directions with this pick, but smart money says they address the center position. Kendrick Perkins has been disappointing. Plumlee gives the Thunder an explosive big who rebounds very well and finishes with authority above the rim.

 

 

13. Dallas Mavericks – Michael Carter-Williams, PG Syracuse | Ht: 6’6″ Wt: 185

The Mavs have their eye set on Carter-Williams. If he makes it to 13, they draft him. His size is special for the position and he owns the best court vision and PG instincts in this class. MCW would be nice addition if Dallas whiffs on Chris Paul.

 

 

14. Utah Jazz – Dennis Schröder, PG Germany | Ht: 6’2″ Wt: 165

Utah has strong interest in Schröder to replace free agent Mo Williams. The 19-year-old PG has a lot of Rajon Rondo in his repertoire. Reports say he received a promise from the Boston Celtics, but he may not make it that far.

 

 

15. Milwaukee Bucks – Jamaal Franklin, SG San Diego State | Ht: 6’5″ Wt: 191

The Bucks face a lot of uncertainties in their backcourt. If Brandon Jennings stays, Milwaukee could use help on the wing. Franklin fits the bill as an above average rebounder, elite athlete and plays aggressive on offense and defense.

 

 

16. Boston Celtics – Gorgui Dieng, C Louisville | Ht: 6’11” Wt: 230

With Schröder likely gone, the Celtics could switch gears and find a center. Dieng owns NBA center size and is skilled defensively. There are other options, but many scouts are high on Dieng ability to contribute immediately.

 

 

17. Atlanta Hawks – Dario Saric, SF Croatia | Ht: 6’10” Wt: 223

Saric is believed to be the draft’s top international prospect and could go as high as No. 6 to the Pelicans. Naturally this would be quite to steal for the Hawks who will be carefully utilizing their cap space this summer. Saric to withdraw from the draft?

 

 

18. Atlanta Hawks – Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, SG Georgia | Ht: 6’6″ Wt: 204

The Hawks’ only guards with guaranteed deals are Lou Williams (ACL) and John Jenkins. There’s buzz about Caldwell-Pope and this seems like a good fit for both parties. Hometown kid stays around and Hawks get a legit all-around player.

 

 

19. Cleveland Cavaliers – Sergey Karasev, SG/SF Russia | Ht: 6’7″ Wt: 197

According to reports, sounds like Karasev’s already received a promise and word out there says this is the floor for Karasev. The Cavs really like him. He provides Cleveland a player with immense shooting ability and the size to play either wing position.

 

 

20. Chicago Bulls – Kelly Olynyk, PF/C Gonzaga | Ht: 7’0″ Wt: 238

A slide of sorts for Olynyk, but he could still crack the lottery. If the Bulls consider amnesty with Carlos Boozer, the Gonzaga product provides Chicago an ample replacement (along w/ Taj Gibson) whose skill set fit an NBA four.

 

 

21. Utah Jazz – Rudy Gobert, C France | Ht: 7’2″ Wt: 238

The Jazz could double dip in international waters by going Gobert after Schroder. Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap are set to leave, so Utah could be enticed to take Gobert as a development behind ripe big men Enes Kanter and Derrick Favors.

 

 

22. Brooklyn Nets – Tony Mitchell, PF North Texas | Ht: 6’9″ Wt: 237

Mitchell is scheduled to work out for city rival NY Knicks tomorrow, but the Nets have interest as well. Brooklyn could use a PG unless they trust TyShawn Taylor as Deron Williams’ backup. Mitchell’s stock is on the rise nonetheless.

 

 

23. Indiana Pacers – Shane Larkin, PG Miami | Ht: 6’0″ Wt: 171

This would be too sweet for the Pacers. Point guard is an area of need and Larkin falling in their lap is a miracle. Chances of it happening are slim though as he could go as high as 14th or 15th to the Jazz or Bucks.

 

 

24. New York Knicks – Jeff Withey, C Kansas | Ht: 7’0″ Wt: 222

Roy Hibbert’s size was too much for Tyson Chandler and the Knicks. Marcus Camby doesn’t play anymore, Kenyon Martin was too small. Withey plugs in as the immediate backup with great basketball knowledge, physical tools and shot-blocking.

 

 

25. Los Angeles Clippers – Allen Crabbe, SG California | Ht: 6’6″ Wt: 198

Crabbe is a talented player with a terrific stroke. The Clippers believe Chris Paul isn’t going anywhere and it’s always wise to surround a PG with shooters. Crabbe works well off screens and in transition, perfect wing type for a Paul-run offense.

 

 

26. Minnesota Timberwolves – Ricky Ledo, SG Providence | Ht: 6’6″ Wt: 197

Ledo appears to be the mystery and possible best sleeper of the draft. Someone mentioned he had a Kevin Durant-like shot and it’s not far off. He looks like a top-notch scorer and special wing this late in the first round. Minny can use ‘em!

 

 

27. Denver Nuggets – Glen Rice Jr., SF Rio Grande Valley (NBDL) | Ht: 6’6″ Wt: 211

Glen Rice Jr. looks to go from the D-League to the NBA by way of draft. The Nuggets who recently severed ties with George Karl will probably lose SG Andre Iguodala to free agency and seek his replacement. Denver will like that Rice Jr. is ready NOW.

 

 

28. San Antonio Spurs – Lucas Nogueira, C Brazil | Ht: 6’11” Wt: 215

With already one Brazlian center on the roster in Tiago Splitter, the Spurs may entertain the idea of selecting Nogueira and stash him away for a year or two. This gives Lucas time to advance his skills and the Spurs to prep a role for him down the road.

 

 

29. Oklahoma City Thunder – Tim Hardaway Jr., SG Michigan | Ht: 6’6″ Wt: 200

The Thunder addressed a vital need in the lottery, but could seek a cheaper SG option here rather than retain free agent Kevin Martin. OKC still has Jeremy Lamb as well and could have two younger, more affordable guard competition in camp.

 

 

30. Phoenix Suns – Giannis Adetokunbo, SF/PF Greece | Ht: 6’9″ Wt: 196

Adetokunbo this late would be amazing for the Suns, who want to ignite new enthusiasm to it’s fan base. He brings different elements to the game than any Suns forward. Channing Frye remains a health concern and there’s zero faith in Michael Beasley.

 

 

 

 

Damian Jackson is a partner at Mavs Fanatic. Follow Damian on Twitter @thedfactor and like our site’s page on Facebook.

 

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Put Those Clippers On Hold For Now

by Ryan Wilson on March 29, 2013 in Mavs 09 comments

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Last night, the Dallas Mavericks attempted what they hadn’t tried since December 8th in Houston: Reach .500 again. The Mavericks made an agreement many weeks ago that they would grow beards and not shave until they reached .500 once more.

So, when the Indiana Pacers came into town Thursday night, the Mavericks were already planning accordingly. News began to spread that the barber of O.J. Mayo was given tickets to the game, so that they could finally remove those grangy beards. The Indiana Pacers took notice.

“We wanted to shut that s— down.” – Indiana Pacers Center Roy Hibbert

That’s exactly what you did Roy. Congrats!

The Mavericks were outplayed in every facet of the game last night. They flirted around in the beginning of the game, and even had a lead in the final minutes of the 1st half, before heading to the locker room tied at 41 a piece.

Look, the Pacers are a physical team that plays very good team defense. These kind of teams make games difficult for the Mavericks.

“I think a team like that blatantly brings out our weaknesses and shows our weaknesses,” said Nowitzki following the loss.

Well that’s great! They better rebound quick, because the Bulls are right around the corner, and they play the same physical game the Pacers do.

2 nights after the Mavericks dominated the Clippers in the paint, they took a step backwards. The Pacers had a 50-34 edge in the painted area, as well as a 55-34 advantage on the glass.

On a night where the Los Angeles Lakers fell to Milwaukee, the Mavericks couldn’t take advantage, and still sit 1 1/2 games back from the final playoff spot. If the Mavericks can rebound against Chicago on Saturday night, those clippers could be pulled back out for a huge game in Los Angeles, with more than just the beards on the line.

On Tap:

Chicago Bulls(39-31) – The Mavericks fell to the Bulls in Chicago back in November, 101-78. This time around, the Mavs will have the Big German available.

Lets Go Mavs!

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Mavs Game Night: Dallas Mavericks (5-4) @ Indiana Pacers (3-6)

by Ryan Wilson on November 16, 2012 in Mavs 09 comments

Well look at us now, the Dallas Mavericks have a new win streak to build upon. It took pretty much the entire game on Wednesday night, but the Mavs finally put the nail in the coffin and kept the visiting Washington Wizards without a win.

We fans felt uneasy down the stretch and the Mavs themselves understand the concept of keeping the gas pedal floored against an inferior opponent. As Chris Kaman said postgame, the end result was a win. That’s what matters even if it wasn’t in the most elegant fashion.

Rejoice! It’s the end of another work week! Not for everyone, I understand. It’s Friday night and our Mavs are on the road once again. We have back-to-back games against the Indiana Pacers and Cleveland Cavaliers. With the early tip times, you can relax watching Mavs basketball and later enjoy the evening in any which way you prefer!

The trip to Indy will be a return of sorts for several players and coaches. Rick Carlisle has been back now a number of times since his days as the Pacers head coach, but Mavs assistant Jim O’Brien will be back in Indy for the first time as part of the Mavericks organization. The two squads made a 3-player trade over the summer which saw Dallas sign-and-trade reserve center Ian Mahinmi to Indiana for starting point guard Darren Collison and swingman Dahntay Jones. Troy Murphy also spent four seasons with the Pacers.

Mr. “LET’S GOOOOOOO!” Mahinmi has played in all nine Pacers games this season, averaging 13 minutes and a meager line of 4.6 PPG/3.8 RPG/1 BPG. Meanwhile Dallas has seen Collison comfortably situate himself as the starting point man and that has led to DC posting career numbers through the Mavs first nine contests.

Small forward has been a position of injury for both the Mavs and Pacers, but Dallas is fortunate with the return of Shawn Marion (MCL) to action tonight. Pacers leading scorer Danny Granger remains sidelined for a couple months with a knee injury of his own. Paul George has contributed 14 points, eight rebounds and three dimes per game in Granger’s absence.

Once upon a time the Pacers nearly traded for O.J. Mayo. Due to a missed deadline, Mayo remained with the Memphis Grizzlies and now he’s our starting shooting guard in Dallas. The Mavs organization and all of us fans couldn’t be more ecstatic with what “Juice” Mayo has shown.

The Pacers have won two of the past three meetings over the Mavs, and the only game they played last season. While Dallas has to be somewhat satisfied with its 5-4 record without injured star Dirk Nowitzki, the Pacers’ season has been rather underwhelming in a division they should lead in light of the Derrick Rose-less Chicago Bulls. The script instead reads 3-6 and a struggle to their season’s start.

So the table is set for what should be some entertaining basketball between two gritty teams who know their best ball is ahead of them. Both would like to take a step closer in the right direction tonight. Who’s it going to be? I have my pick, Let’s Go Mavs! Start this road trip strong!!

The early action begins at 6:00 p.m. CT and airs locally on FSSW and FSIN.


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Mavericks, O.J. Mayo Agree To Deal

by Ryan Wilson on July 16, 2012 in Mavs 09 comments

The Dallas Mavericks and shooting guard O.J. Mayo have agreed to a multiyear deal, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.

Mayo, 24, spent the first four seasons of his career with the Memphis Grizzlies, averaging 15.2 points a game. He is set to join a radically revamped Mavs roster that has added center Chris Kaman, forward Elton Brand, shooting guard Dahntay Jones and point guard Darren Collison in the last five days.

The third overall pick in the 2008 draft broke the news on his Twitter account, saying, “I will be signing with dallas! #Mavsnation.”

Not long after, Mavs owner Mark Cuban tweeted: “Welcome to the family OJ. We are fired up !! MFFL Mavs/Mayo Fan For Life !”

The 6-foot-4 Mayo came off the bench for the Grizzlies in each of the last two seasons and his scoring average dipped about five points below his first two seasons in the league.

He averaged 12.6 points last season, shooting 40.8 percent from the floor and 36.4 percent from 3-point range. Mayo could become the Mavs’ starting shooting guard alongside Collision, Dallas’ new acquisition in a sign-and-trade with the Indiana Pacers.

The terms of Mayo’s deal were not known. The Mavs had about $4 million in cap space remaining, which is what they could pay Mayo unless the move was part of a larger sign-and-trade deal.

Dallas has been careful to acquire players in the final year of their contract — Collison, Jones and Brand — or in the case of the only other free agent they’ve signed in Kaman, limit the deal to one year.

Jeff Caplan

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Jeff Caplan joined ESPNDallas.com in December 2009. Jeff covers the Mavericks, Rangers and colleges. He has a wealth of experience in the area, covering multiple beats in his 11-plus years with the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

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